Researchers have revealed that dogs comprehend human gestures much more than chimps. Katharina Kirchhofer, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, led a team in the investigation of 20 chimps and 32 dogs presented with the same task: retrieving an object the experimenter wanted, as indicated by the experimenter pointing. The researchers found that the dogs performed well, but the chimps failed to identify the object of interest. These results emphasize the difference in chimp response to human gaze, which they have been shown to be good at following, versus gestures. "The fact that chimpanzees do not understand communicative intentions of others, suggests that this may be a uniquely human form of communication. The dogs however challenge this hypothesis. We therefore need to study in more detail the mechanisms behind dogs' understanding of human forms of communication", says Dr. Kirchhofer. The study was published in the online journal PLoS ONE. Source: ANI << Sleep Problems May Affect Your Memory Later On MRSA Vaccine on the Horizon >> Recommended Reading Pemphigus Pemphigus is a rare group of autoimmune diseases that affect the skin and mucous membranes causing blisters and sores that fail to heal. READ MORE Pheromones Pheromones are the wonder chemicals that are known to significantly influence the love chemistry and sexual attraction between a man and woman. READ MORE Retinitis Pigmentosa in Dogs Cured by Gene Therapy Research from Penn Vet & Scheie Eye Inst Members of a University of Pennsylvania research team have proven that a blinding retinal disease, X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa, or XLRP in dogs can be prevented or even reversed. READ MORE Computer Game Imparts Kids’ Demeanour With Dogs in Real World Educating kids on how to interact carefully with dogs is available as a software program designed to teach worthy lessons, claimed a new study. READ MORE Why Do We Wink? Winking is a non-verbal form of communication that involves the rapid closing and opening of one eye due to the sequential contraction/relaxation of the muscles in that eye. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Side Effects Calculator Noscaphene (Noscapine) Drug Interaction Checker More News on: Why Do We Wink?